Municipal budget

The municipal budget plans all the expenditures and revenue which a municipality is going to make during a complete calendar year, from 1 January till 31 December.

The budget is voted by the City Council in public meeting, it becomes completely enforceable after the approval of the regulatory authority.

Despite the difficult socio-economic conditions, the City submits a balanced budget that is increasingly focused on proximity. The budget priority is investing in the development and renovation of public infrastructure such as kindergartens, schools, community halls, sports venues and in the development of services to citizens.

Investments

The main investments included in the budget for 2017:

  • Tourism and image of the City: 2.7 million euros, including the renovation of the Stock Exchange (Bourse) and the last infrastructure of the new MAD building
  • Care for 0 to 18 year olds: several projects are finished (extension of the kindergarten Cogge, the new nursery Reine, the expansion of IDC) and there are new realizations (the creation of two new kindergartens in the northern part of the City)
  • Sports: improving the quality of sports infrastructure, including a new synthetic field at the Sports Centre Croix de Guerre (Neder-Over-Heembeek) and new dressing rooms and sanitary facilities at the Sports Centre Petit Chemin Vert
  • Road works: one and a half million euros to renovate footpaths
  • Town planning and heritage: the four towers of the City Hall will be restored, the projects of the new Administrative Centre and the restoration of the gates at the Square Frère Orban, bonus for the renovation of the facades along the pedestrian zone in the city centre, bonus for separate entrances at shops,...
  • Cleaning: more intensive sweeping and the fight against illegal dumping, graffiti, dog poop and other incivilities
  • Brussels, Digital City: 4.5 million euros to develop new technologies, following the launch of phase 2 of the e-portal, documents and administrative procedures continue to be dematerialized
  • Culture: the opening of the Wardrobe of Manneken-Pis and the Vaux-Hall, works at the former station of Laeken (Brussels North Cultural Centre)
  • Isolation plan: approximately 2.1 million euros for the development of the third phase of the energy plan, such as investments in the monitoring of the buildings of the City, the isolation and the development of photovoltaic pilot projects...
  • Green spaces: more than 1.3 million euros, of which about one-fifth of the budget for the playgrounds
  • District contracts: 7.4 million euros for the district contract Bockstael, 2 million euros for the district contract Jonction
  • Economy: purchase of three scan cars (vehicles designed to perform more efficient and frequent inspections of parking on public roads), New Year's lighting

Total budget

Total budget for the 2017 year:

  • common budget: about 770.5 million euro (running costs)
  • extraordinary budget: more than 120 million euro (investments)

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The budget for 2016 is an example of the following three elements: responsibility, seriousness and control, enhancing the reception of young people aged 0 to 18 years, especially thanks to the Mutsaard Project in northern Brussels, and urban development and renewal at the big axes.

The budget contains the expenses and the financial resources of the City. Like in a household or in a company, a city like Brussels has to estimate its expenses and its financial resources each year. This budget defines the way in which the city funds are used.

Investments

The main investments included in the budget for 2016:

  • big projects: 6.5 million euros for the reconstruction of the boulevards in the centre and their various squares
  • tourism and the image of Brussels: 3.4 million euros (including the redevelopment of the Stock Exchange as a 'Beer Experience Center' and the new MAD building)
  • reception of young people aged 0 to 18 years: 23 million euros
  • sports: additional changing rooms for the sports centre at the Avenue de Croix de Guerre (1.2 million) and the estimated grants of 600,000 euros
  • town planning and heritage: a budget of 5.6 million euros (including grants for the renovation of facades along the reconstruction of the pedestrian zone)
  • cleanliness: 1.2 million euros (including 6 new electric street vacuum cleaners)
  • Brussels, digital city: 4.6 million (including the development of the e-portal)
  • culture: 1.5 million (including the opening of three new cultural sites with the Museum of Manneken-Pis, the Saint-Nicolas cultural centre and Vauxhall, and the reopening of the Breughel cultural centre)
  • insulation plan for the buildings of the City of Brussels: 1.9 million euros
  • green spaces: one million euros (including for playing, leisure and fitness equipment)
  • district contracts: 11 million euros
  • parking: 600,000 euros (including the complete renovation of the parking meters)

Total budget

Total budget for the 2016 year:

  • common budget: about 758 million euro (running costs)
  • extraordinary budget: more than 137 million euro (investments)

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The City of Brussels presents a balanced budget for 2015. It wants to invest in the further development and renovation of nurseries, schools, community halls, sports venues and cultural infrastructure, but also in the development of services such as cleanliness and maintenance of public spaces, small local shops and the strengthening of the socio-professional integration.

The budget contains the expenses and the financial resources of the City. Like in a household or in a company, a city like Brussels has to estimate its expenses and its financial resources each year. This budget defines the way in which the city funds are used.

Investments

The main investments included in the budget for 2015:

  • major projects: 800,000 euros for studies and works
  • education: 35 million euros
  • children and toddlers: investments to create additional places
  • district contracts: more than 20 million euros
  • sports: more than 7 million euros
  • cultural facilities: more than 6 million euros
  • replacement of all parking meters by modern automatic terminals: 3.5 million euros
  • town planning: 10.8 million euros
  • community facilities and green spaces: 2 million euros
  • insulation plan for the buildings of the City: 2 million euros
  • continuation of the budget for the lighting project 'Light on Trade': 150,000 euros
  • public cleanliness: almost 2 million euros
  • road infrastructure (maintenance, paving, reconstruction of sidewalks, traffic lights,...): 7 million euros

Total budget

Total budget for the 2015 year:

  • common budget: about 747.5 million euro (running costs)
  • extraordinary budget: more than 119 million euro (investments)

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With the 2014 budget, the City of Brussels wants to invest in the development and renovation of public infrastructure, such as nurseries, schools, community halls and sports facilities. The expansion of services for its citizens (through the Cleanliness service, maintenance of public spaces or the decentralization of services) remains one of the priorities.

The budget contains the expenses and the financial resources of the City. Like in a household or in a company, a city like Brussels has to estimate its expenses and its financial resources each year. This budget defines the way in which the city funds are used.

Investments

The main investments included in the budget for 2014:

  • more than 45 million euros for the construction, renovation or refurbishment of schools and nurseries
  • more than 22 million euros for cultural and sports infrastructure
  • 1 million euros for 'Major Projects'
  • 15 million euros for several projects to improve public services and the beautification of the infrastructure
  • 2 million euros (30% of the energy costs of the city) for roof insulation

Total budget

Total budget for the 2014 year:

  • common budget: about 728 million euro (running costs)
  • extraordinary budget: almost 117 million euro (investments)

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Also in 2013, the City especially invests in the development and renovation of infrastructure (nurseries, schools, and community and sports areas), but also in the development of services for residents (cleanliness and maintenance of public spaces) and the further development of the decentralized services.

The budget contains the expenses and the financial resources of the City. Like in a household or in a company, a city like Brussels has to estimate its expenses and its financial resources each year. This budget defines the way in which the city funds are used.

Investments

The main investments included in the budget for 2013:

  • education and youth
  • housing
  • employment and economic development
  • culture, tourism and sport
  • cleanliness
  • infrastructure and public spaces
  • sustainable development
  • safety and prevention

Total budget

Total budget for the 2013 year:

  • common budget: about 704,5 million euro (running costs)
  • extraordinary budget: almost 113 million euro (investments)

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Budget 2013 in detail:

The 2012 budget of the City will invest mainly in the development of public infrastructure (kindergartens, schools, gymnasiums,...) and services to citizens such as increasing the number of police officers, decentralized services,...

The budget contains the expenses and the financial resources of the City. Like in a household or in a company, a city like Brussels has to estimate its expenses and its financial resources each year. This budget defines the way in which the city funds are used.

Economic context

As in previous years, the economic context is difficult. The federal and regional authorities all need to cut their costs and find new revenue. The City cannot avoid this either, although it is less affected than other governments. At preparing the budget, the City chose to invest in services without increasing taxes.

Investments

The main investments included in the budget for 2012:

  • creation of new homes, kindergartens, schools and other public utility infrastructure
  • development of services to the citizens and decentralization
  • maintenance of public employment and the recruitment of additional staff in services where needed, like the police zone
  • supporting the local economy
  • development of major projects like the reconstruction of the Heysel (NEO) or making the city centre more dynamic

Total budget

Total budget for the 2012 year:

  • common budget: about 676,5 million euro (running costs)
  • extraordinary budget: almost 99 million euro (investments)

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Budget of 2012 in detail:

The budget 2011 of the City of Brussels aims at strengthening the services to the population by investing in the creation of schools and nurseries, in new policemen, in the improvement of the sports and cultural infrastructures and in the simplication of administrative procedures.

The budget contains the expenses and the financial resources of the City. Like in a household or in a company, a city like Brussels has to estimate its expenses and its financial resources each year. This budget defines the way in which the city funds are used.

Economic context

As in 2010, the direct consequences of the economic and financial crisis of 2008 continue to press on the budget of the City of Brussels. To make the budget 2011, the municipal authorities opted for a thorough work on the receipts which should allow to improve the services to the citizens. This goal must be reached without increasing taxes and without dismissing municipal staff.

Improvement of the services

The budget 2011 tends to improve the services to the citizens. Both at the level of the quality of the service via the creation of an Internal Audit unit and the reorganization of several departments and its nearness with the opening of offices in the quarters, the development of accessible services by Internet, the creation of schools, nurseries, cultural centres and the intensification of social services: Public Welfare Centre, public hospitals,...

Priorities of the budget 2011

The main goals:

  • education and youth
  • housing
  • employment and economic development
  • security and prevention
  • cleanliness
  • infrastructure and public places
  • cultural, tourist and sports offer
  • sustainable development

Total budget for the 2011 year:

  • common budget: about 657 million euro (running costs)
  • extraordinary budget: about 114 million euro (investments)

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Budget of 2011 in detail:

The budget of the City of Brussels for 2010 wants to answer the challenge of the demographic development in the capital. The used means? A significant investment in education and in the services to people.

The budget contains the expenses and the financial resources of the City. Like in a household or in a company, a city like Brussels has to estimate its expenses and its financial resources each year. This budget defines the way in which the city funds are used.

Economic context

2010 is a particular year because of the difficult economic context. Certain receipts have decreased with regard to 2009 while several expenses for the smooth running of the municipality increased. For example the subsidy to the Public Welfare Centre increased because of the increase of the number of social beneficiaries.

Finding the balance

In order ro reach a balance, lots of tought went to some expenses that are not essential:

  • reduction of the working costs (representation expenses, expenses of correspondence, expenses for the offices of the Aldermen, energy consumption)
  • reduction of subsidies that are not compulsory
  • decreasing of all the unnecessary reserves of associations and other entities financed by the City

Priorities

The City of Brussels tries to answer the demographic development in the capital by continuing to invest in the service to the citizens. The priority investments for 2010:

  • education and youth
  • housing
  • employment and economic development
  • safety and prevention
  • cleanliness
  • infrasctructure and public places
  • service to the citizens
  • events in the City
  • sustainable development

Total budget for 2010

  • common budget: nearly 642 million euro (running costs)
  • extraordinary budget: 131 million euro (investments)

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The complete budget of 2010 is only available in Dutch and French.

Budget 2010 (in French & Dutch):

The common budget consists as follows:

Receipts: 630.493.825,86 euro
Expenses: 629.954.729,87 euro
Bonus: 539.095,99 euro

The extraordinary budget consists as follows:

Expenses: 130.876.538,72 euro
Subsidies: 34.900.339,18 euro
Net balance: 95.976.199,54 euro